NEWS | Auckland Racing Club announced winner of Excellence in Marketing award

23 Nov 2020
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

The below press release was issued by the Auckland Business Chamber on Friday 20 November:

Auckland Racing Club (ARC) has won the Excellence in Marketing Award at the Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards 2020.


Team Auckland Racing Club: From left, CFO, Margaret Germain; Senior Brand Manager, Laura Madden; Executive General Manager – Marketing, Olivia Kinley; CEO, Paul Wilcox


“It is great for my marketing team of Olivia Kinley and Laura Madden to be recognised in that way too, particularly given how challenging this past year has been.

“Finally, amongst the calibre of businesses in our region, it does make it that much more sweeter to come out on top.”

In commenting on ARC’s win, Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett says “Auckland Racing Club used the Westpac Awards as a valuable tool to measure their growth and success.

“They deserve this award and the continued success they will get as a result of it.”

The ARC team on stage with category sponsor and awards judge, Jayson Heron-Smith (second from right) of Cordis Auckland


Westpac NZ General Manager of Institutional and Business Banking Simon Power says Auckland businesses have shown resilience and innovation this year.

“These awards are a stepping stone for businesses to go onto greater things, but they’re also a chance for all of us to celebrate the leaders who are going to shape New Zealand’s post-COVID recovery,” Mr Power says.

“We’re proud to stand alongside businesses big and small, as they lead the way in building a stronger and more sustainable economy.”

All winners from the evening will head to the Westpac Auckland Business Awards Best of the Best Awards early next year, alongside the winners of each category in the North & West and South & East regions.

ARC’s big win last night follows another win – that being the inaugural “NZ Thoroughbred Racing Club of the Year” award – which was presented to the Club earlier this week at the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing AGM.

  • Over 740 businesses from around central Auckland entered this year’s awards

  • This was the first year in which Auckland Racing Club has entered these awards, entering just the one category – Excellence in Marketing

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